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johnwhilley



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Helen Boaden,
Director of BBC News

Jeremy Bowen,
BBC Middle East
Correspondent

Mark Thompson,
BBC Director-General

Dear all,

Media Lens have just published a forensic examination of the BBC's 'impartiality' claims with regard to its coverage of Israel's attacks on Gaza and decision not to air the Gaza DEC Appeal.

(BBC, impartiality and the hidden logic of massacre, http://medialens.org/alerts/index.php)

Familiar and seasoned as we are to the standard tautological response of 'continued BBC impartiality', might you consider on this occasion taking the time to review two central issues arising from this impressive critique:

1. Why were the BBC so effusive in its support for the Kosovo DEC Appeal, yet so hostile to allowing a similar appeal on behalf of the people of Gaza? Can you, at least, recognise the charge of double standards?

2. Why, throughout the attacks on Gaza did the BBC consistently state and reiterate Israel's 'war objectives' as though these were its primary intentions? Did the BBC at any time consider the possibility that Israel's true motives were to inflict deliberate mass terror on the people of Gaza, and that it specifically intended to kill large numbers of civilians, including children?

I look forward to your considered thoughts and explanations.

John Hilley
Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:48 pm
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